Welcome to the home of podcasts produced by Open Education Global. These are aimed at bringing you insight and connection to the application of open education practices from around the world.

We left room here for future shows, but our first effort is OEG Voices, where we visit with open educators and get to hear about their motivations and interest in a conversational style.

We created an intro for this show featuring multiple voices, modeling the style of the clever Mailchimp advertisement for Serial.

We also will feature different open licensed music in each show. Plus, in connection to our work with OELATAM, we are planning a series of podcasts all in Spanish.

You can subscribe to OEG Voices in iTunes as well as using the podcast feed in any other podcast listening app. We also offer the episodes via YouTube.

If you want to share your voice or suggest other open educators we should invite to our podcast, let us know via podcast@oeglobal.org.

Behind the Scenes

This is how we produce our podcasts, there is nothing exotic or super hi fi technology. We asks our guests, if they are willing to do so, to meet first in zoom, just so we can feel like we are in the same room and to make sure everyone understands how we will record an episode. And to ask if they approve us taking screenshot photos to use when we publish.

We then mute mics in zoom, leaving video on, and connect for audio recording in Zencastr. This platform does not require any accounts or logins, but what helps us more, is that each participant’s audio is saved as a separate audio file. This makes it easier to edit and match audio levels. Once audio recording starts, we then have our conversation while seeing each other in Zoom video. It tends to make people feel like they are in the same space as opposed to the disembodied feeling of watching an audio waveform wiggle.

After the recording is done, audio files are retrieved from DropBox, and edited together in Audacity. Our standard intro (described above) is added, plus a different open licensed music track for opening and closing. The final mp3 audio is uploaded to this WordPress site and added to an episode’s post using the PowerPress plugin. The audio is edited into an MP4 video using the feature image so it can be uploaded to our YouTube Channel.

When published, the episode is cross posted to our OEG Connect community site into an area for this show. The Discourse WordPress plugin automatically generates a new topic in OEG Connect, and the conversations there are syndicated back to this site in place of typical comments.

Again, to see it first hand, join a future episode as a guest. We would love to bring your voice to the podcast. Just send us a message via podcast@oeglobal.org.


Image Credit: 2011/365/63 On The Air flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license